Recipeless Chicken Meatballs

So… I’m cooking without a recipe! Yay. Nothing for adults though, just for Copiloo. The thing is, you know that the young ones are the hardest to please.

Copiloo’s diet is quite simple and boring – same veggies soup, steamed carrots, zucchinis and broccoli, chicken (in soup or stew accompanied by the same veggies) and fish (grilled or baked). Ever since he started eating solids.Yesterday I decided to “spice” things up and I made some chicken meatballs. I guess I felt guilty for not having prepared anything for Easter other than the eggs.

Ingredients:

  • – 1/2 lb ground chicken (I prefer dark meat as it’s less dry)
  • – 1/2 cup carrots, grated
  • – 1/2 cup potatoes, grated
  • – 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
  • – 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • – 1 garlic clove, minced
  • – very little salt, pepper, and paprika powder

Mix everything together. Form meatballs.

This mix yielded 18 meatballs. I baked 9 in the oven, and fried the other 9 in the pan.

For the oven, pre-heat at 400F; place meatballs in baking dish. I sprinkled a bit of olive oil on the bottom of the baking dish. 15-20 minutes and they’re done.

For pan frying, I rolled the meatballs in whole wheat flour, then fried them in olive oil. About 10 minutes total, 5 minutes on each side and they’re done.

They taste completely different. Both yummy. The baked meatballs are kinda sweeter, a much mellower taste. The fried ones have the usual meatball taste. Not surprisingly, Copiloo prefers the fried meatballs, in spite of the crispiness and harsher texture. He spits them out a couple of times before properly chewing and swallowing them. Oh, the adults love them, too! I guess I’m becoming good at this meal-making thing.

You can serve them as is, as I did for lunch yesterday, or mix them in with some tomato sauce and pasta, as I will do for dinner today.

It’s been delicious! Check it out:

Chicken Meatballs

 

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